Huawei MateBook hands-on, first impressions
Huawei, at this year’s Mobile World Congress, launches its MateBook which is a 2-in-1 device that aims to combine mobile productivity and reliable performance. We spend some quick alone time with it and here’s our hands-on and first impressions.
The Huawei MateBook carries a 12-inch IPS TFT LCD display with 2160 x 1440 resolution that equates to a decent 214ppi. Based on the screen size itself, you know you have room to multitask for productivity on-the-go.
Flip it on its back and you’ll be greeted with the lonesome Huawei logo situated right smack in the middle of its high-quality aluminum unibody back plate. At only 6.9mm thin and 640 grams, the MateBook could easily slip in and out a bag without much fuss.
Over here we see the world’s first single touch side fingerprint sensor flanked by the volume up and down buttons. The company claims that it is currently the fastest fingerprint recognition in the industry as it supports 360-degree sensitive identification that minimizes authentication failures.
The placement of the sensor at the upper right side makes it easily reachable for the index finger to unlock the device.
On the opposite side, there’s the 3.5mm audio jack abruptly following the rounded corner of the slate.
The MateBook has been equipped with dual speakers featuring Dolby audio and is located up top on opposite sides. This works fine as the sound is thrown upwards while watching videos or playing music.
Lastly, the device’s lock button is located at the top just beside one of its speakers.
The MateBook comes with optional accessories that further enhance the user’s experience whether how they use the device. There’s the detachable and splashproof keyboard which features a 1.5mm keystroke and a chiclet keycap design with larger key surfaces to minimize typing errors.
To further maximize the spacious screen real estate, the MateBook can also be used with the Huawei MatePen. It could be the perfect companion for you if you draw or doodle a lot since it boasts 2,048 levels of sensitivity for creating diverse pen-tip actions without any delay.
Apart from being a handy tool for graphic artists, the device is designed also as a business companion and its stylus has functions specifically for that use. As an example, it has support for graphics and mathematic features and it can even be used as a laser pointer while showing presentations.
There is also the MateDock that’s basically a power bank-sized hub which houses most of the connectivity ports you’ll need to work efficiently and output content to different platforms. It has ports for USB 3.0, LAN, HDMI, and VGA.
Overall, we see the MateBook as a necessary gadget for users who demand a capable machine to conduct presentations while at the same time is light and slim for easy portability. Getting the additional accessories could also expand the use of the MateBook as a more efficient way of getting work done wherever you go.
Huawei’s newest MateBook, in gray and gold colors, is slated to arrive in stores in the coming months with a $699 (~Php33,600) price for the entry-level Intel Core m3 version sporting 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD, while the full-spec’d Core m7 variant with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD will cost you $1599(~Php76,300). The Keyboard, MatePen and MateDock will be sold separately with $129(~Php6,200), $59 (~Php2,900), and $89 (~Php4,300) price tags, respectively.
We have the quick hands-on video:
Huawei MateBook specs:
12-inch IPS TFT LCD Display @ 2160 x 1440, 214ppi
Up to 3.1GHz Dual-core 6th Gen Intel Core m3 / m5 / m7 processor
4GB / 8GB SDRAM
128GB / 256GB / 512GB SSD internal storage
5MP front camera
Windows 10 Home / Professional
6.9mm thin, 640g